Labour leader Ed Miliband cited a recent black alert at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital as proof the NHS is at breaking point.
He used the weekly Prime Minister’s question time session to highlight cases in Scunthorpe, Middlesborough and Lynn, where patients were told not to turn up to the hospital, unless it was essential.
In October, the QEH had to cancel operations because of high demand on beds and admitted waiting times in A&E had been longer than desired.
Mr Miliband said: “A and Es including Scunthorpe, Middlesbrough and King’s Lynn are telling patients not to turn up.
“We have seen report after report of patients waiting hours for ambulances. Does this represent more than some isolated incidents, and actually show an NHS in England at breaking point?”
David Cameron said the figures showed that the NHS was “under pressure”.
He said: “Last week, 429,000 people presented at accident and emergency units across England, which is 3,000 more patients every day than under the previous Government. What has happened is a big increase in accident and emergency admissions.”
He added: “The key thing is what we are going to do to respond to these problems in A and E. We are putting £700 million more into the NHS this year, and we are able to do that only because we have a strong and growing economy.“
The QEH was deemed to need to continue to be in special measures in September with A&E cited as requiring improvement.